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Ribart de Chamoust

(fl. 1776—1783)


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(fl. 1776–83).

French architectural writer, author of L'Ordre François trouvé dans la Nature (1776), which contains a curious French Order consisting of three columns set at the points of an equilateral triangular plan (∴) with creepers trailing in spirals around the shafts, capitals similar to those of the Corinthian Order, and a pedestal with three volutes resembling a compressed and inverted Ionic capital. The analogy with a tree (capital = foliage, shaft = trunk, and pedestal with volutes = roots visible above ground) suggests an extension of ideas from Laugier. Ribart's first names may have been Charles-François, who was author of some works on finance, or (more likely) François-Joseph, who was probably the author of Architecture Singulière (1758) and Lettre de M. Ribart (c.1770): this latter Ribart was an ‘Ingénieur’.

Architectural Review, lii/2 (1982), 110–20;Curl (2002);Claudia Mernick ;Paul Nash

Subjects: Architecture.


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